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De rerum natura

(On The Nature of Things)

Common Thread

Major Exhibition

Emily Jan, Jodi Colella, Ixchel Suarez, Leisa Rich, Marjolein Dallinga, Ixchel Suarez, Sayward Johnson, Libby Hague.



Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Oakville, Ontario, Canada


Nov. 2 - 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Sun. Nov. 4, 2012, 2 - 5 pm

(NOTE: Remember to set your clock back for Day Light Savings on the Sunday of the Opening..)

Address: Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville. (1 km East of Trafalgar Road)
Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 12 - 5 pm.
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Exhibition Description

De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things) is a highly eccentric exhibition evoking the collection of a mad 18th century naturalist. All the artwork is dealing with themes of nature, plants and animals. Curator Gareth Bate has observed that environmental work is the most dominant theme in contemporary fibre art. This lush and colourful environment is filled with striking and sometimes bizarre work. The show features the work of 35 artists from Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom and USA. They are working in a huge variety of media. There will be installation, sculpture and 2D work. The title of the exhibition is based on the ancient Roman poem De rerum natura by Lucretius who's rediscovery was a major inspiration for Renaissance artists.

Gareth is setting up the De rerum natura  in opposition to Memento mori  his other exhibition at The Gallery at Sheridan Institute in Oakville. That exhibition deals with themes of death, mortality and grief. The work is dark and the polar opposite of life filled work of De rerum natura. All the Memento mori artwork engages with techniques or the aesthetic of fibre, but none of the work is actually made of fibre materials. Gareth is exploring the contrast of fibre/life and artificial materials/death.

Download the 2012 Festival Exhibition Brochure.





Common Thread International Exhibitions

The Common Thread International exhibitions are the flagship shows of the World of Threads Festival. Hundreds of artists from around the world submitted bodies of work, installations or individual pieces to the Festival. Multiple curators from various Oakville and Toronto galleries have created exciting exhibitions based on their own unique interests. We bring international contemporary fibre art to Oakville and the Toronto area as well as highlight the strength of our local artists.



Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada is an old barn that has been turned into a gallery. They were one of the main exhibitions in the 2009 festival. Joshua Creek is a vibrant arts complex in the countryside of Oakville. The farmland around the complex is very beautiful. The rustic nature of the venue is perfect for the theme of this show.

Special Thanks to Gallery Liaison Sybil Rampen

Images from the 2009 Festival: Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, Oakville